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Enthralling Edinburgh

With a history dating back over a thousand years, Scotland’s remarkable capital is also one of its oldest cities. This is reflected in the stunning architecture, from the captivating medieval castle atop Castle Rock to the Georgian tenements in Stockbridge and beyond.

A beautiful grandstanding city, Edinburgh is at once compact and sprawling. The Old Town’s wynds (small streets) and alleys vie for your attention with their quaint independent shops and cosy cafés. Yet the Royal Mile’s grand thoroughfare and designer stores easily compete with London’s more affluent areas. Recently famous for its two major festivals each August, Edinburgh is transformed in the summer. Street performers mingle with the crowds, theatres bulge with thespians treading the boards and the city is alive with innovative art. It is fantastic place to visit at any time of year, bustling in the sunnier months, but equally enjoyable in the winter. Great bars and comfortable restaurants are a welcome respite from the Scottish bluster – a wee dram to warm the bones might be just what you need after a brisk walk through Holyrood Park.

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Since its formation as a Royal burgh, Edinburgh’s Old Town has been the major hub of the city. At one end of the Royal Mile – the main thoroughfare including the High Street – the castle sits majestically guarding the city from threats. Both the Grassmarket and the narrow side streets which thread off the Mile are home to famed restaurants and theatre venues. You can also find the statue of Greyfriar’s Bobby at Greyfriar’s Kirk. Bobby was a Skye Terrier who sat by his dead master’s unmarked grave until his own death in 1872, fourteen years later. Book a Royal Edinburgh tour to see more.

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